Are you a business or organization interested in supporting a love of theatre and reading among children in our community? Consider sponsoring the Sedona Shakespeare Companhy, Sedona's only theatre academy! All sponsors will be recognized throughout our 2020-2021 marketing campaign, which kicks off in early September.
Sponsors will be recognized on our website, festival app, program, poster and festival guide. Further details can be found in our Festival Sponsorship Package and more information about the Sedona Shakespeare Company can be found in our Fact Sheet.
Deadline for logo recognition is August 15, 2021.
Literacy is an essential step in breaking the cycle of poverty, that’s why we’re committed to making SSC an inclusive festival. In fact, with the help of sponsors and the school boards, we aim to bring hundreds of students and their families from high priority neighborhoods to the festival. These special guests spend the day in our theatre exploring and watching stories come alive.
This is the real reason for SSC's Telling Tales. As we all know, reading opens up doors to so many possibilities and opportunities.
The 1st annual Sedona Shakespeare Festival will be held on Sunday, September 04, 2021 at The Collective's Courtyard in Sedona, Arizona, and is expected to attract hundreds of visitors. I hope you join us as a sponsor, a patron, a member or a participant of this fun and valuable experience!
Theatre has been an influential factor in many people's lives. Creativity can flourish, academics can improve, and means of self-expression can be developed. It is important to have theater workshops because when a student participates they benefit significantly, not only in terms of exploring the unexplored or hidden ability to act, but also by shedding the inhibitions associated with performing in front of an audience. Theater can be influential in all aspects of life. Participating in theater classes can stimulate student's creativity and thought process. The whole experience of theatre makes people more aware and sensitive towards various issues. It empowers the meek and makes people do away with their reservations.
The theatre classes offer are designed with an idea of pushing people away from their comfort zones and showcase their creativity. Theatre makes you form a connection with people and impact their lives by conveying the message in a very subtle way.
Performing on stage doesn't always mean that you need to be vocal and heard. It's a common notion that only articulation should be of highest order of importance when you are the middle of such a setting. On the contrary, the fact is that, gesticulation using body language should be effective enough to substantiate your verbosity.
Numerous aspects of theatre experiences are sensory and tactile. Some of our workshops involve development of flexibility, strength control and ability to use the entire body to communicate a role. They also help those students who are actually not focusing on performance but concentrating on enhancing their kinesthetic abilities. Theatre also develops numerous social skills. What I have observed personally is that people expressed and negotiated the differences in opinions with utmost calm and composure. They have managed to learn from each other, which is contrary to the conventional classroom learning. Theatre also makes all the participants share their ideas and showcase their creativity in whatever aspect possible. Most of the time, it was observed that people who were not expected to be associated with creativity, actually surprised everyone by their presence of mind.
The theatre workshop opened all of us in so many different ways, but it broke the same barriers and inhibitions that we had hold on to for so long. The classes taught us team work. It made us more confident, expressive and comfortable. The processes of preparing for a performance helped us experience and value the perspective of other people participating with us. As students endeavor to learn to act, to be involved in the many aspects of theatre, and to entertain audiences with the art and craft of theatre, they are gaining understanding of themselves and others. The workshop also had a unique blend of team activities that showed me how important is it to have trust within your team if you want to be a high performing team. Without trust you can never realize the true potential of what you as a team are capable of doing.
I could relate the theatre workshop to all five pillars of SSF. Let's take Mindfulness first. It is all about becoming aware of your surroundings, your co-performers, and the audience. All these require you to be mindful of whatever is happening in the act.
A theater performance is a beautiful blend of different people from diverse backgrounds coming together. Putting to rest their differences, shedding their inhibitions and perform as one while helping each other. This particular aspect clearly refers to the pillar of diversity.
Making use of the limited resources at your disposal is another learning which I could garner from this workshop. This refers to sustainability pillar of SSF.
Theatre also taught me how to put yourself in others shoes and empathize with them. This particular aspect is very crucial in a sense that if one can’t really get into the character he is showcasing, then he won't be able to do justice to that performance. Hence the pillar of compassion plays an indispensable role here.
And last but not the least, the pillar of ethics forms the essence of theatre in real sense. If we are true to ourselves, then only we can be true to our values and to others.
In addition to the learnings I have mentioned above, I also realized that to be successful in life adaptability and flexibility is of paramount importance. Theatre taught me to explore more, face new challenges, and have the ability to adapt with the changing situations.
In the end, I am really grateful to God and the Theatre for giving me precious learning and memorable experiences. The learning and energy that helps people propel themselves to give their best in all aspects of life.
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